basics ingredients of many all-natural
cleaners are: baking soda, borax, cornstarch, lemon juice,
soap, salt, washing soda and white vinegar. Buy these to have on hand
and you'll be able to make many natural cleaners when needed.
Baking soda cleans,
deodorizes, scours, polishes and removes stains.
Borax - It
deodorizes, removes stains and boosts the cleaning power of soap. It
also prevents mold and odors.
cleans and deodorizes carpets and rugs, and can be used in place of
whitening items and removing grease and stains.
cleans almost anything and is mild.
regular table salt makes an abrasive, but gentle, scouring
- Cuts grease and disinfects. (Washing soda or calcium
can also be purchased from pool supply stores as ph-increaser or ph-up
for less cost)
- great for whitening, cleaning hard surfaces and windows, and shining
metal surfaces. Also removes mildew, stains, grease and wax buildup.
||Leave opened box of baking soda in room.
Add cloves & cinnamon to boiling water and let simmer.
Use fresh flowers and herbs, especially fresh lilac.
soaking up spills
||dump cornmeal on the spill;
after 5-15 minutes,sweep into a dustpan, then vacuum.
|Sprinkle baking soda and/or
on carpet, using about 1 cup per medium sized room. Vacuum
Mix two parts cornmeal with one part borax; sprinkle
leave for one hour, then vacuum.
||Put 1/4 cup liquid soap or
detergent in the blender
with 1/3 cup water. Blend until foamy. Use this to clean
carpet, then rinse with vinegar.
vinegar and salt over copper and rub
3 tablespoons of washing soda into one quart warm
use paste of baking soda and water, let set a while, then
4 parts boric acid (Borax) with 1 part citric acid
Mix 1 tablespoon of borax with 3 tablespoons baking soda in wash
compartment. Put vinegar in rinse compartment.
Mix 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of washing soda, 1/2 cup of citric acid and 1/2 cup of kosher salt.
(Note: no all-natural cleaner will leave glasses as spotless as a
commercial detergent with added chemicals, but these chemicals change
the nature of water and are very bad for you and you are better off
with streaky but otherwise clean glasses than eating the residues of
chemicals that make water not function like water in your body.)
||2 cups water
3 tablespoons liquid soap
25 drops tea tree oil
Mix well, put in spray bottle
drains clogging by using drain strainer.)
1/2 cup washing
drain followed by 2 cups boiling water.
weekly with boiling water for prevention.
1/4 cup baking soda down the drain. Follow with 1/2 cup
cover drain tightly until finished fizzing. Flush with one
fuzzy cotton sock on hand,
pick up item and roll around.
whole egg dropped on
with salt and then egg can be picked up with a spatula (slice).
3 parts olive oil with
vinegar. Use a soft cloth.
oil to 1 part lemon juice. Use a soft cloth.
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cornstarch, 1 cup
white vinegar, 1 gallon warm water in a bucket and use to scrub
in hairspray, blot and spray,blot and spray until gone.
|Laundry Detergent (gel, using bar soap)
Tip: Dry all laundry on a clothesline or rack. Outdoors if you can,
indoors if not. In the old days, they used to hang up a bar across the
ceiling to hang clothes from.]
large bar of soap, shaved
((Fels Naptha, Ivory or castille bar soap))
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax powder
Grate soap. Put 6
cups of water in a large pot, add the soap chips. Turn on heat. When
the soap has melted, add the washing soda, borax, and four cups of hot
water. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit
for a day or two and it will gel.
Use 1/2 cup per load of laundry.
soap (dry, using soap flakes)
5 cups soap flakes,
7 cups of Borax
3 cups of washing soda
and shake well so that all ingredients are mixed together evenly. You
can store this in an old laundry detergent box or a plastic
Use 1/2 cup per load of laundry.
1/2 bar grated soap (Fels
Ivory or castille bar soap)
2 cups borax
1/2 cup of washing soda
Fill a 1 gallon plastic container with pour spout 1/4 full with water.
Add grated soap and soak overnight
Add washing soda and borax
Add water to fill container; shake well.
Use 3/4 cup per load, add 1/2 cup of washing soda to borax
Cleaner / Wax
with 1 cup white vinegar in 2 gallons water
Polish with club soda.
Adding sour milk or skim milk to rinse water will shine the
alcohol, nail polish remover or pure lemon extract. (Find the lemon
extract in the grocery store in the spice aisle. )
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon white vinegar
salt and flour in small bowl and stir until blended. Add the
and mix into paste. Smear on the paste with a damp sponge or cloth
rub gently. Let the polish dry for about an hour. Rinse well with warm
water, buff dry with a soft cloth.
NOT use on silver, silver plate or jewelry. See Silver
1 cup of vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl for 1-2 minutes
steam and loosen food inside of the microwave).
Wipe out with a washcloth and warm soapy water.
part food grade hydrogen peroxide with 4 parts water.
Spray and then let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Spray with distilled white vinegar and let sit until completely dry.
bleach is a dangerous poison. If you have to use bleach to kill mold,
open all the doors in the house so it is well ventilated while you are
using it, and drink a glass of water with 2 drops of iodine in it
before and after using bleach to counteract the poisons. It is
preferable to use hydrogen peroxide for anything that needs bleach.
Plant sweet basil around home
1/4 cup baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm
Mix and store in tightly-capped container.
stain on clothes
cornstarch into oil stain for awhile, let dry, then soak in dish
baking soda in water, soak for an hour
(Tip: Use oven liners (trays) to catch drips.)
salt on spills when they are warm and scrub
3 tablespoons of washing soda
1 quart warm water.
Rub gently with steel wool.
with inside of a banana peel and then buff.
baking soda and salt in very hot water in a clean kitchen sink. Put
your tarnished silver and silver-plated items into the sink and let sit
for 10 minutes. The tarnish will disappear from the silver
reappear on the foil.
Rub with toothpaste and soft cloth. Rinse with warm water and
in 1/2 gallon water and a teaspoon of baking soda
baking soda and salt and scrub
1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1
tablespoon laundry detergent. Put a spoonful on a stain
and scrub in. Use a washboard, if available.Let set for a few
minutes. Wash article in regular wash. Store remainder of stain remover
a tightly closed bottle.
old, stuck together pictures
with a hair dryer
|Suede||Rub lightly with very fine sandpaper.|
up as much of the
wine as possible with paper or absorbent cloth, cover stain with salt.
Let salt sit for several hours or overnight. Vacuum when dry.
Floor Wax / Cleaner
and vinegar, half and half. Apply in thin coat and mix well.
with 1 teaspoon washing soda mixed in a gallon of hot water. Rinse with
plain, clear water
Basics for the Home: Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living by Annie B.